October 29, 2004 10:28 AM PDT

Defense deals lead in federal IT contracts

Federal agencies awarded information technology contracts worth $20 billion in the last quarter of the fiscal year 2004.

Defense agencies accounted for $15.6 billion worth of these deals, while the rest of the IT contracts were signed by civilian agencies, according to a report released Thursday by market researcher Input.

The Army placed orders worth $9.7 billion, including one for a revised war fighter information network. Overall, five defense agencies signed deals that, together, totaled more than $16 billion, the market researcher said.

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